Water Quality Permitting, Compliance, and Sampling

Aquatic Biology

Minnow Environmental Inc., a Trinity Consultants company with offices in Ontario and British Columbia, Canada, specializes in aquatic ecology, fisheries biology, benthic invertebrate ecology, water and sediment quality, toxicology, and environmental behavior, transport and fate of chemicals. Clients include major industrial companies throughout Canada, primarily in the mining industry. Minnow’s project experience includes:  Baseline studies Regulatory approvals and permits Chemical and geochemical investigations Environmental effects monitoring (EEM) Monitoring program design Statistical evaluations of water, sediment and biological data Water quality objectives and guideline development. Water quality and effluent plume modelling. Impact assessments Species inventories and habitat evaluations Senior advisory input Communications and training For more information, visit minnow.ca or please contact Cynthia Russel at crussel@minnow.ca.  


Water Quality Monitoring and Sampling

Water quality regulations, as prescribed under the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, RCRA, and Superfund can be complicated and many times require integrating City, County, State, and Federal requirements in addressing monitoring and sampling involving waste water, surface water, storm water, and ground water. Trinity has the expertise to support clients with the following:     Monitoring and sampling plan development Waste water, surface water, storm water, and ground water sampling Storm water inspections Sediment sampling Discrete and continuous sampling Laboratory analysis contracting  Database management and reporting   For assistance, contact Trinity at (800) 229-6655.


Water Quality Permitting and Compliance

The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes regulatory requirements applicable to discharges of pollutants to “waters of the U.S.” Statutory requirements include the need for discharge permits, and associated sampling and monitoring. Trinity can provide assistance with permitting and compliance in the following water quality areas:    Wastewater NPDES permits for direct discharges Pre-treatment permits for indirect discharges Land application, water reuse, and zero-discharge permits Permit negotiation (conditions, limits)    Storm Water Permitting and SWPPP development for:  Construction activities (CGP) Industrial activities (multi-sector and individual permits)    Spill Prevention  Preparation of SPCC Plans   Preparation of Facility Response Plans (USCG)  Authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program requires that industrial facilities that discharge into the waters of the United States must be permitted. The NPDES has separate permitting programs for process wastewater and storm water. Trinity's expertise in water discharge permitting includes permit application preparation, water sampling, and development of electronic data systems for discharge monitoring reports.   The NPDES program requires industrial facilities covered by the multi-sector storm water permit to develop and implement a storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP). These plans include facility-specific information (e.g., drainage maps, pollution prevention team members, potential sources of storm water pollution, etc.) as well as management, employee training, and recordkeeping practices. Trinity has developed SWPPPs for a wide variety of industrial and construction activities.   The Clean Water Act also contains provisions that require facilities that could reasonably be expected to discharge oil (or petroleum products) in harmful quantities into U.S. waters to prepare a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan. SPCC Plans ensure that facilities have in place containment and other controls that would prevent oil spills or mitigate their effects. Trinity Consultants assists clients in defining the plan elements and preparing plan documentation.   For assistance, contact Trinity at (800) 229-6655 .